David Camden de Leon

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David Camden de Leon

Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: Camden, Kershaw, SC, United States
Death: September 02, 1872 (56)
Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Mordecai Hendricks de Leon and Rebecca de Leon
Brother of unknown de Leon; Edwin de Leon; Maria Louisa de Leon; Thomas Cooper de Leon; Agnes de Leon and 1 other

Managed by: Kevin Lawrence Hanit
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About David Camden de Leon

On May 6, 1816, David Camden De Leon was born in Camden, Kershaw, South Carolina, known as "the Fighting Doctor", was appointed by Confederate President Jefferson Davis as the first surgeon general of the Confederate Army.

DeLeon acquired the nickname of the "Fighting Doctor" because of his exploits in the Mexican War in 1845. When the hostilities erupted between Mexico and the United States, DeLeon served as a doctor under General Zachary Taylor.

In a bitter and furious battle with Mexico's General Santa Anna's troops at Chapultepec, all of the American officers were either killed or wounded. He kept the American troops from panicking and fleeing by taking command. Dr. DeLeon, without any military training, turned defeat into victory by rallying his soldiers and leading them into a successful counter-attack. His actions in this battle earned him the nickname of the "Fighting Doctor." He was twice cited for his gallantry, including a Congressional Citation.

When the Civil War ended, De Leon was an unhappy and frustrated man, and went to Mexico. At the personal invitation of his former colleague in the Mexican War, Gen Ulysses S. Grant, De Leon returned to the United States and settled in New Mexico, where he owned property. De Leon practiced medicine and planted crops. DeLeon died in 1872. He will always be remembered as the "Fighting Doctor."

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David Camden de Leon's Timeline

May 6, 1816
Camden, Kershaw, SC, United States
September 2, 1872
Age 56
Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, United States